Trump could issue those pardons in two or three groups with some additional ones on the evening of Jan. 19 and morning of Jan. 20, hours before his term ends.
Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon is among those concerned that Trump could waver on a pardon for him, two people familiar with the matter said. Bannon, who was indicted on charges of fraud, has recently expressed worries about his chances of a pardon, and he’s told people close to Trump he thinks Kushner will try to block Trump from pardoning him.
“This is the last time he’s going to have any kind of power,” the Trump ally said. “He might as well use it.”
The predicament is not unlike one that Trump faced when President Barack Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats from the US on New Year’s Eve in 2016. When Trump took office a few weeks later, he tried to avoid being seen as soft on Moscow after being accused of getting elected with Russia’s help.